Azerbaijani conductor Ayyub Guliyev appointed as chief conductor of Russia’s State Academic Philharmonic Hall named after Vasily Safonov

Azerbaijani conductor Ayyub Guliyev appointed as chief conductor of Russia’s State Academic Philharmonic Hall named after Vasily Safonov
# 20 August 2013 10:41 (UTC +04:00)

Guliyev told APA that agreement with the Philharmonic Hall and Orchestra was signed in June this year: ‘We were discussing the invitation from the Orchestra for a long time. Finally, the agreement was signed in June. I have been appointed as the chief conductor by the joint decision of the Philharmonic Hall and Orchestra. It makes me happy, because, this orchestra is very old and prestigious. It was founded in 1895 and performs in Italy, Spain, France. In the past, this orchestra was conducted by great musicians and I am very glad that an Azerbaijani conductor has been chosen this time. This is a great honor’.

Guliyev noted that according to the terms of the agreement, the orchestra is to give concerts during two years: ‘There will also be organized a special night for Azerbaijani music. Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Gara Garayev and Haji Khanmammadov’s works will be performed on that night. We will perform in music festival dedicated to the 200th jubilee of Giuseppe Verdi. The agreement has been initially signed for 2 years. I think we will achieve to extend the term of the agreement’.

Ayyub Guliyev was born in 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 2005 he graduated from the Baku Music Academy. In 2005-2008, he studied at the St Petersburg State Conservatoire and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Ayyub Guliyev was the only Azerbaijani performing at the international music festival dedicated to the140th anniversary of Sergei Rakhmaninov in Russia. Guliyev is the son of people's artist, tar player Ramiz Guliyev.

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